Superb Scoring in John Kelly

The highlight of the John Kelly stableford competition at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last was the superb 44 points posted by the winner, young Michael Etherson.  Such was his domination of the event that he had four points to spare over the field.  Roy Patterson, who himself had carded a score in the mid-forties a few weeks back, finished second on this occasion with the best of several scores of 40 points.  On the same mark was third placed Bob McCurry, with Keith Patterson taking the gross prize with a two-over par round of 71 (39 points).  Damian McGranaghan was three over for his round and claimed the Category One award with 39 points.  The Category Two prize went to Tommy Forbes, also with 39 points, while Johnny McGonagle topped Category Three with 40 points.  Angus Callaghan (23 points) and Ronnie Catterson (21 points) completed the leaderboard by taking the first and second nine prizes respectively.

The first of the season’s opens took place on St. Patrick’s Day with a stableford event over 18 holes.  Chris McDermott amassed an impressive 38 points to take the top award by a point from runner-up John Hegarty.  Barry Forester finished third on 36 points while Paddy Kennedy claimed the gross prize with a two-over 71.  Kennedy is in excellent form at the moment, underlined by his outstanding level par return at the difficult Glashedy links (Ballyliffin) in competition at the weekend.

The consistent Denis Porter had the best return in Week Nine of the Thursday Club, his 34 point return giving him a comfortable cushion over second placed Jim Arbuckle (30 points).  Liam McCool was a point further adrift in third place.

Results of last week’s JJ Monday Teams:

1. J. Arbuckle, M. Harkin, P. McGillian, P. Rouse                 77 points

2. F. McNally, G. Quinn, M. Forbes, S. McPhilemy              75 points

3. D. McGinley, L. McCool, C. Doherty, A. Callaghan         75 points

The ladies’ season got underway on Tuesday last with an “Opening Day Scramble” which produced the following result:

1. N. Brogan, A. Patton, G. Masterson          29 points

2. A. Sharkey, M. Crowe, N. McNally           28 points

3. C. Neeson, I. Doherty, A. O’Hagan           28 points

On the entertainment scene, it should be noted that the very popular “The Bizz” will be on stage on Easter Sunday night.

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